Havlat enjoyed one of his better career years, playing in 81 games with the Blackhawks, ending up with 77 points (29G, 48A) to lead the team in scoring. He ranked 32nd in pool scoring in the league, which was incredibly high in his career. He does bring a lot of flash and dash, but much like his predecessor, he does come with an injury-prone tag, despite his 81-game season.
The Wild were also proactive in their signing of both Greg Zanon and Shane Hnidy to their back-end, which should give them a little more veteran savvy and could help against their division rivals. This was obviously a weakness that the new management team has made a note of from the 2009 season. Neither player is huge on the scoresheet, they'll be used more on a shut down basis, while Brent Burns and Marek Zidlicky are busy pinching in from the points.
|Martin Havlat||Marek Zidlicky||Niklas Backstrom|
|Mikko Koivu||Brent Burns|
|Andrew Brunette||Kim Johnsson|
|Pierre-Marc Bouchard||Shane Hnidy|
|Owen Nolan||Greg Zanon|
|Antti Miettinen||Nick Schultz|
The Wild have spent their money wisely over the last couple seasons, now sitting with 18 players on their line-up sheet at a reasonable cap cost of $49.3 million, leaving plenty of room to fill some gaps, if they so choose. They could do well with spending an average of $1.5 million on their remaining players under the cap.